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Success! Abner from Guatemala raised $1,162 to fund malnutrition treatment.

  • $1,162 raised, $0 to go
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Abner's treatment was fully funded on December 11, 2017.

Photo of Abner post-operation

July 26, 2017

Abner underwent malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Abner has been gaining weight and growing stronger. Because Abner’s mother could not produce breastmilk to feed her son, Abner had fallen into acute malnutrition. Now, however, Abner is taking his formula well and has even begun to eat solid foods. With continued treatment, we are confident that Abner will continue along this healthy trajectory.

Abner’s mother says, “I am happy and grateful for the support we are receiving. Thank you also for the filter, for this helps not just my son but my whole family. I will keep doing all I can to fight for my son’s wellbeing, for I wish that he can become a great person in the future and be able to choose the profession that he likes.”

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Abner has been gaining weight and growing stronger. Because Abner’s mother could not produc...

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June 9, 2017

Abner is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala’s rural highlands. While his father works as a day laborer, his mother stays at home to take care of the family and sell hand-woven textiles. Abner is the fifth child in his family. Because Abner’s mother cannot produce breastmilk, Abner is already malnourished.

Underweight and small for his age, Abner often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Abner’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures and compromise brain development.

To help his condition, Abner requires a formal nutrition plan, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund formula, nutrient supplements, and health education for Abner’s mother that will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor Abner’s health.

With this treatment, Abner’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.

Abner is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala's rural highlands. While his father works as a day laborer, his mother stays at home to ta...

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Abner's Timeline

  • June 9, 2017

    Abner was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • June 20, 2017

    Abner's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 26, 2017

    Abner received treatment at Clinic Miller in Guatemala. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 26, 2017

    Abner's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 11, 2017

    Abner's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 38 donors

Funded by 38 donors

Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,162 for Abner's treatment
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Naw En

Naw En is a 31-year-old woman who lives with her husband, two sons and parents in a village in Karen State near the border of Burma and Thailand. Her husband and parents are subsistence farmers. Naw En is a village health worker, and her two sons are primary school students in the village. Although she earns around 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month to support her family, she does whatever she can to only charge the villagers she treats for medications provided. Those who cannot afford to pay for the cost of medications are provided medication free of charge. Her family also raises chickens and pigs for their family to eat. The income Naw En earns is just enough to cover their daily expenses, but they have to borrow money to pay for anything else, like basic health care. Naw En learned she was pregnant last August 2021. She went to register her pregnancy at nearby Hlaingbwe Hospital, but the doctor told her to go to Hpa-An General Hospital when she told them that she had high blood pressure and previously needed a c-section delivery. When she went to Hpa-An General Hospital, a nurse told her to go to Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital because they were understaffed due to the coup and humanitarian crisis in their area. Finally, she then registered her pregnancy at Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital last November and received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test. The doctor gave her monthly follow-up appointments to check her high blood pressure and to check that her baby is in the right position. In January, Naw En learned that she will have a girl. “I was very happy to hear this as I already have two sons,” she said. Her doctor has now told her that she will need another c-section to ensure a safe delivery and unable to come up with the money needed, Naw En called her friend who works in Mae Sot to ask for help. Her friend told her about our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and that she may be able to find assistance in accessing her treatment. Currently, Naw En is taking medication for high blood pressure and feels tired when she walks. She can feel her baby kicking. When her blood pressure is high, she feels dizzy. She feels stressed each time she has to travel to the hospital, as it is located four hours from her home and cost 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) just for the round-trip transportation. She is also worried about the cost of her c-section and that they would have to borrow money if they cannot find donors. In the future, she will continue to work as a village health worker. In her free times, she loves to spend time with her two sons and play with them. Naw En said, “I was happy when BCMF staff told me that donors will help pay for my c-section. Thank you so much to the donors for reliving me of my worries.” She also added, “I am very happy and excited to have a baby girl!”

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